Celebrate Children’s Book Week with top book picks

If you’ve read Goodnight Moon or one too many Elmo books¬†that you’ve lost count, perhaps it’s time to branch out in the world of books. This week (May 2-8, 2011) celebrates Children’s Book Week which has been an annual event since 1919 to promote the opportunity for kids and books to connect. As parents, we love to read to our kids but often times we get stuck with the books we already have or know of and rarely branch out and explore new titles. Each year The Children’s Book Council and the International Reading Association award the Children’s Choice Award to book titles that are chosen by five teams of children across the country. Since the children themselves are awarding the books, they must like them, right?!

Here’s a look at some of the Children’s Choice Award winners for 2011 — reading one to your child is a great way to celebrate Children’s Book Week. Who knows you may even be able to retire your copy of Goodnight Moon…!

City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems and illustrated by Jon J. Muth

$9.89 at amazon.com

Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott

$10.19 at amazon.com

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

$12.47 at amazon.com

Daddy’s Little Scout by Janet Bingham and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

$8.79 at amazon.com

Hattie The Bad by Jane Devlin and illustrated by Joe Berger

$13.25 at amazon.com


For a complete list of Children’s Choice Award winners visit, The Children’s Book Council.¬†Happy reading!